Earlier this year television network Showtime announced the Cypress Hill: Insane in The Brain documentary as part of their joint venture with Mass Appeal for the network’s “Hip-Hop 50” series. In the just-released trailer for the upcoming documentary, west coast OG Ice-T, iconic Public Enemy frontman Chuck D, producer Alchemist, Julio G, and the legendary comedy duo Cheech & Chong can all be seen making appearances and speaking on Cypress Hill.
According to the official Showtime trailer, the documentary, premiering on April 20th, will be “told through the intimate lens of photographer and director Estevan Oriol (LA Originals), Cypress Hill: Insane in The Brain is a smoke-filled journey across the lives and careers of the groundbreaking, genre-defying hip-hop group, Cypress Hill. Their unique sound, influenced by their Latin roots and West Coast upbringing, was built on a movement rooted in true authenticity: from cultivating the flower, to smoking it, to rapping about it, their influence is forever burned into the musical landscape of hip-hop as they continue to stay relevant after 30 years. Using a treasure trove of never-before-seen archival footage captured by Oriol himself, as well as images of band members B-Real, DJ Muggs, Sen Dog, and Eric “Bobo” Correa.”
One person who is thrilled to be a part of the documentary is West Coast pioneering and influential radio DJ Julio G, from the legendary 1580 KDAY, Ruthless Radio with the late Eazy-E, and WestSide Radio. In an Instagram post, the legendary Julio G said, “#1580 …I’m happy to be part of The Cypress Hill Documentary >> INSANE IN THE BRAIN PREMIERS WORLD WIDE APRIL 20th on @showtime #cypresshill#soulassassins“
Check out the official Showtime trailer for Cypress Hill: Insane in The Brain below:
In 1991, Cypress Hill, by using jazz, R&B, psychedelic rock, and metal samples, solidified themselves as a pioneering hip-hop group when they released their self-titled debut album. The project dropped a year before Dr. Dre came out with The Chronic, whereas Cypress Hill had crafted stoner anthems like “Light Another” and “Stoned Is the Way of the Walk”. While other hip-hop groups had yet to openly embrace smoking marijuana, Cypress Hill was making it culturally cool to do so already.